Talisman Of El

Talisman Of El


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When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.

They are not human.

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ISBN-13: 9780957001909
Publisher: Centrinian Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/20/2012
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Alecia Stone has been in love with anything and everything paranormal for many years. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. When she isn't writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling. Talisman Of El is her first novel. She currently lives in England, UK.

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Talisman Of El 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Laura_Corbett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but I personally got a little bit bogged down with all the different types of characters involved in Charlie's journey. I particularly like the relationships that Charlie developed with those closest to him. It will be interesting to see where the author takes these characters in the next book!
bunniehopp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alicia Stone appears to be attempting a Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter type fiction with Talisman of El. She introduces lots of characters, many locations, lots of monsters, and dangers popping up everywhere. I felt as lost as Charlie through much of the story. Random disasters happened, only to have the next scene turn out to be not so bad. One character would disappear; Charlie would wander off; some new character would appear; then the first one would meet up with Charlie in another setting; a monster would threaten. There was no sequence, no action/result, no development of why anything happened or who many of the creatures were or why they were in the story. Amid all this confusion, I realized that I didn't really care about Charlie. He didn't know who or what he was, but never shared his confusion with the reader. He was an orphan and should at least have been pitiable, but he was just too uncaring to evoke any sympathy.I can't imagine how difficult it must be to have so many ideas warring to be presented in ink. Perhaps one third of the characters, locales, events might have been explored, described, savored, to make this obvious book-one-of-a-series, a tease for book two. I am sorry, I wish I could have been more enthusiastic.
little_hyuts on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thank you Alecia for writing a superb fantasy adventure and allowing me to read and review an early copy!This book is aimed at young adults but could be enjoyed by just about any age. It is a fantastic read full of action, fantasy, mythology and even a little romance. You follow Charlie, a fourteen year old boy who has suffered the devastating loss of his parents. He is adopted by a man who turns out to be horrible and tries to force Charlie down a path he does not want. Despite all this, our admirable main character continues to search for who he is supposed to be. He meets new friends along the way that will stick by him through all that is to come.These characters were wonderfully relatable. I felt connected to them from the beginning and was delighted to follow them on their journey.Soon Charlie is confronted by an intense revelation about his identity and the turn his life is about to take. He enters a beautifully constructed world, Arcadia. The author uses a unique writing style with a wonderful twist on popular mythology. Her imagery is detailed and builds a spectacular world full of angels, demons and other mythological beasts.This book kept me reading. I couldn't put it down! I stayed up until 3AM to finish it. I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep without finding out what happened to Charlie and his friends.I look forward to reading the next installment in this exciting trilogy! What a great first book for Alecia Stone!
sjthszn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book started out with some promise, but quickly fizzled into confusion and a slow, plodding storyline. It seemed that every time the heroes were in a tough spot, another new character appeared to save them. If that didn't happen, they could always fall back on holding the talisman out and seeing if anything happened. Far too many "classes" of character made it confusing to keep track of whom had what abilities and characteristics. I considered going back through all the character introductions and making myself a chart to keep track, but I just didn't care enough to bother. Simplifying the cast and setting would have made this more enjoyable. I muddled through the entire book, but won't be going back for any more in the series.
Krista23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The thing that I noticed immediately was how much dialogue was in the story. I do not know why this stood out for me. I normally pay attention to the dialogue as it brings through most of the humor and a way for me to really get to know the characters. But I noticed that this particular story is told more in dialogue than anything else. Which is not a bad thing.The reader is introduced to Charlie and how he does not feel like he fits in. He knows there is something different about him and possibly more out there. He suffers from nightmares and living with his adoptive family, he is bullied inside and outside of his home by his new family members and schoolmates. Eventually through different events that take place, he ends up bonding with a group of friends, together gaining the knowledge of a place called Arcadia, deep within the Earth's core.They decide that they must go on this adventure together.All of these events I could see building up and was expecting something more to happen next, but never in my life after reading the blurb and beginning this book did I imagine it would become a battle between Angels and Demons. The idea that part of the story takes place in the hidden lands beneath our feet was a very unique spin. One of the boys that Charlie befriends, Derkein is also an unusual guy, he is 26 but looks 60 and continuing to age faster than others every day.I though that the world that they discover and the creatures and myths and rules that come along with this story was an amazing read. I loved reading as they had to overcome some of these weird animals, and finding Eden. Everything has to be done in a certain time frame and with all of these distractions it becomes a very intense and fantastical adventure. I wish that I could have stayed longer in the world of Arcadia.I cannot say that I really had a favorite character in the story. I think that was partially because of the writing style, all of the characters showed an equal role to the story. Although their tasks could not be completed without Charlie and what he finds out he is, each and every character is just as unique and an integral part of the story that I had a hard time liking any of them over another.At 364 pages, and once I got into the story I was hoping for more of it to be focused on Charlie's big task, but I find that I feel this way a lot in the first book in series, that of course we need to get introduced to the characters, the world and the plot before more of the adventures can take place. I struggled with whether I wanted to rate it 3 or 4 stars, it was an enjoyable read and I am going to continue to see where the next story goes.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5 STARS for a solid first entry by the author. Won this book on Library Thing and enjoyed the opportunity to read it. The author created an interesting world and likable characters.What caused me to deduct a half star were issues such as: certain scenes/characters felt unpolished and could have probably benefited from a bit more attention; also, repeated instances of people who 'locked eyes' or other variations of the same thing. After about the fifth occurrence of this in a short time it started to get distracting. But this is an editing issue that can be easily fixed.I look forward to the other book(s) in the series.
ChayseBWB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book starts off with a intro that immediately captures my attention and lets me dive into its pages with an interest of wanting more. There were so many connections but overall it was good.Charlie had my love with him from the moment he stepped onto the bus. Bullied from not only the other school students but also from his caretaker, Charlie's life is a life no one would wish for. However, Alex is the one person in the book that he can call a friend. Well until he meets his other soon to be friends. Main Mission of the book is to get Derkein to Arcadia. However, its not so simple and well once you get there its even harder getting out. And when getting there they face problems of all sorts. With creatures that can morph and possess special powers, things aren't looking good. But these creatures are the only ones that have special powers. This story was one of greatness and the demons were scary but that's what they are suppose to be anyway. This book is full of adventure that everyone should take apart of. I give this book 4 souls!
StressedRach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book from the very beginning. Charlie Blake was a fantastic character I really liked him as well as his friends in the book.I loved how the whole story panned out, the adventure, the good and the bad things that happened, the friends he made along the way and the things that Charlie said sometimes made me giggle, a typical teenage boy.When I left the book after an hour reading I would find myself going back to it to see what happened next. It was really gripping.Tailsman of El was superbly written and I really cannot wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens next.
TeamJayAndres on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best reads of the year so far. A different take on mythology, which I absolutely loved. And what a great cast of characters. A delightful read.
hollicolli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book series shows promise, I do want to read the rest of the trilogy. This being said the book seemed to being trying to find itself using many different mythologies to tell the story. While it was an interesting take on many different mythos it could get confusing trying to place all these things together in one story. Writing was sometimes very choppy and there were too many characters introduced at the same time to be able to keep them all straight in the big sequences.
MeghanR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sometimes when I read the jacket description of a book it looks like it should be right up my alley, but then when I get it home and take it out to read, it really disappoints. Unfortunately this was one of those times. The middle-grade, almost YA, book promised an interesting plot full of adventure, fantasy and intriguing characters. All of the foundations for those elements were there, but the delivery was lacking. The story follows a boy named Charlie who is an orphan, finding his way through one terrible foster home to the next. He has some strange dreams that lead him to meet Derkein, a man who is rapidly aging. Through various plot points that were hard to follow, Charlie, Derkein and two other friends who have little to no impact on the story, find themselves in a dangerous world called Arcadia. Charlie meets an otherworldly race of angels and discovers his destiny. The plot of the book rolls along at a fast pace. This may be why the story suffered so much. Characters were shallow and often annoying. It's hard to care about what happens to the characters, so plot points and dangers which may have been exciting seemed to come from no where. Often I found myself re-reading sections to see if I missed something. Characters converse about events you feel like, as a reader, you should know about, but there just isn't enough back story or fleshing out of either characters or plot to make sense of it. I enjoy when authors lead you along the bread crumb trail to figure out parts of the future story. In this book you are told so many details that little mystery remains. The ending is obviously leading you towards a second instalment, but it's handled poorly so you're left feeling very unsatisfied as a reader. Overall, a great idea that could have been executed so much better.
Jon.Roemer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for younger readers. Plenty of action to keep them interested, but interesting character dynamics and development offers important higher-level literary themes. A well-done book. However, the book was offered to Early Reviewers as a DRM-locked EPub that could only be read for 55 days, and had to be viewed in Adobe Digital Editions. This lack of trust for the Early Reviewer community, and the self-destruction of the book file after a certain period of time, is insulting. The book deserves 3 stars, but is receiving 2 because of the format it was provided in.
sar450 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book - the story keep you interested, and you fall in love with the characters. You really want to understand what is happening, and how it will be resolved. I had some difficulty understanding all of the different character roles, but it didn't really impact my ability to follow the story. I enjoyed that the book was different from others that I have read, and that it leaves you wanting more. A couple of spelling mistakes here and there, but a good quick read, would be great for teens. Would be interested in a sequel.
dmclane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This young adult fantasy novel is good. I liked the main character, though some may find the orphaned, unsure, teenage boy as trite, as can be said about the gal-pal too. Even so, the plot moved right along, sometimes confusedly, but eventually all became understandable. Clearly the first of a series, with many, many places remaining to go and lots to remaining to explore at the end, but with enough closure so that you are not forced to run for the second installment. The story reminded me of instructions for ¿Dungeons and Dragons¿ though with a Judeo-Christian twist. Avatars are angels that have become mortal; they have certain powers and can do only specific things, while Rulers and Guardians have other different power and abilities. I think it would be terribly confusing to the teenage reader who may try to keep all of this straight, rather than trusting the author to sort it out for you. A good light read, I can recommend to those who like fantasy, adventure stories
Katyas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy/Magical Reality Reading Level: Young Adult Early Reviewer¿s copy, book available 5/20/12Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC from NetGalley (after winning it in the Early Reviewer¿s Giveaway from LibraryThing) in exchange for an honest review.Synopsis: WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?One Planet. Two Worlds. Population: Human ... 7 billion. Others ... unknown.When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.He belongs with the others. My Thoughts: This book incorporates a number of world mythologies into a single narrative, including werewolves, the Mothman, a civilization in the middle of the Earth, angels, demons, the Garden of Eden and others. It could have been a real mess, but it wasn¿t ¿ Stone managed to work all of these ideas into a comprehensive whole. The characters were developed well and interesting. The only thing I didn¿t much care for is that occasionally, the narrative would break off and pick up some time later, which tended toward the confusing. It would then slowly fill in the details of the missing time. I can see how that might save space if the writer were wanting to keep word count down, but it was difficult to follow at times. Not that it should turn you away from the book ¿ it was a fun, fast-paced book, if somewhat tending toward some darker themes. Not quite dystopian dark, but this is definitely not a light-hearted story. I¿ll be interested in seeing where this goes, and will be watching for future books in this series. Recommended for fans of YA fantasy.
pixiedark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Talisman of El" by Alecia Stone is a fantasy/magical reality genre. "Talisman of El" is about a young boy name Charlie Blake. Charlie is a orphan who lost his mom when he was born and his father when he was ten. Charlie is placed in a foster home with Jacob. It does not take long until Charlie realizes that Jacob was using him in order to have a partner for robbing houses. When Charlies discovers strange jewels in Jacob's closet, his life gets even more complicated. Charlie has dreams about a person named Derkein Odessa and a place called Arcadia. He also has dreams about the Talisman of El. When he meets Derkein in person he discovers that Arcadia does exist. Derkein and Charlie along with other friends find the gateway to Arcadia. It is in Arcadia that Charlie finds out many things about himself and his past. Charlie finds out that he has a destiny to fulfill. A destiny to save mankind. I find the book and the world of Arcadia can be confusing at times. There are so many different fantasy beings and even religious beings that intermingle with each other. There are angels, dragons, avatars and demons all locked in a battle to either save mankind or to destroy it. Charlie is stuck in the middle of all of this. Even though I found the story lines difficult to keep straight, I thought the book was very entertaining. I am looking forward to reading more books in this series.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review:Talisman Of El by Alecia Stone 4 STARSIt will be interesting to see where the rest of the books take place. Talisman is a three book storyline. This does stand alone.Talisman of El is hard to describe its an adventure,children, YA,fantasy, mythical and even a little Religious.As the story unfolds I was lost for awhile but it all unfolds a little at a time.The story starts with Derkein in New York finding his father getting into a safe and telling Derkein he caused a earthquake in Brazil. When they are attacked but he can't see anyone and then he is knocked out.Then it switches to Charlie waking up from a Nightmare with his foster father thier in England. Charlie has been an orphan since he was 10 years old now he is 14 he has lived with Jacob a week and hope this time it will work out.At school he becomes friends with Alex. She stands up to the bullies to.I don't want to say much more about the story lines. But Charlie & Alex meet a lot of intersting characters and learn that Charlie is different.Its hard at time to tell who the good characters are and who not to trust its is a complicated story line and I look forward to reading more.I was given this ebook from Librarything and Netgalley in exchange of honest review.05/20/2012 PUB Centrinian Publishing
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Talisman of El (Talisman of El Trilogy, Book One) by Alecia Stone, Charlie Blake is an orphan who lost his mother at childbirth, then lost his father when he was aged ten. Because of his strangeness - being plagued by nightmares, terrible visions of the future, and his inability to stay out of trouble - Charlie has been bouncing from one foster home to another. Things start to look up when he’s adopted by Jacob Willoughby. However, Jacob is not what he appears to be, and when he finds an injured Derkein Odessa, Charlie discovers the mystical secret of the Talisman of El. Author Alecia Stone introduces readers to a world coexisting with our own, called Arcadia. I like the distinctive concept of the world building, particularly the different levels of angels. It was somewhat puzzling at first, as there was a lot of information to take in, which made the story start slowly. Nevertheless, the imaginative world of Arcadia gradually connects and the Arcadians themselves are interesting, perhaps a bit more than the protagonists. For me, it’s a tale with some blend of love, faith, metaphysical mystery, theology, and mythology nicely visualized by Stone with some staggering environments and expressive characters. The ending gives a clear hint of a sequel without being too much of a cliffhanger. All in all, if you’re YA reader who likes your fantasy novel to be intricate with ingenious world building and adventure, there should be a lot in Talisman of El to keep you engaged.
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Talisman of El is a fun story full of adventure and magic. The characters were great and their development and struggles quite realistic. I really enjoyed the author's smooth writing style. The story was well thought out and flowed easily, and the author's creativity shone through the pages. Charlie was an easy character to like, an orphan who couldn't quite find somewhere to belong. Being placed placed in the care of Jacob, who turns out to be a not so nice guy, as a young teen starts a journey for Charlie which opens up a whole other world for him, one in which he just might discover a place for himself. I thought the author did a great job of mixing so many elements into this one story. There was action/adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, and a bit of mythology. The world she created was original and quite detailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
pointlessly convoluted 
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, compelling and just plain outright awesome!  There was just something about this book that I really loved.  From the prologue onwards, Alecia Stone's 'Talisman of El' had me hooked. I think it was the pace of the story.  I just didn't have the chance to get bored in the slightest.  There was something about the writing style of this book that appealed to me strongly and I really hope there is a sequel to this, because I would definitely buy it. This book felt real it dealt with the insecurities, resentments, fears and turmoils of the relationships between the characters.  I think it had a touch of everything.  I especially liked the relationship that developed between Charlie and Derkein.  They were two of my most favorite characters.  The world-building of this novel was good too.  I could see how our world worked in conjunction with  the second world in this book.  And, there were scenes that were totally unexpected and actually quite revealing.  I never in a million years would have thought that this book would feature the kind of fantasy creature it did.  I thought it was heading in a totally different direction.  But, because of that unexpected element, it made me even more interested to see where this book was headed.  And it definitely did not disappoint. I like books with a sense of adventure and purpose and that was something this book had.  The characters were always having something happen to them.  Haha the number of times that a certain someone passed out because of something dangerous ended up being quite funny, even though it wasn't a humorous book.  It's just that it happened so many times!  Overall, I loved this book.  It was a quick, action-packed and fun read that had me turning the pages without wanting to put the book down.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy novels.   This book review was from Sandy at Magical Manuscripts.
D_Ann More than 1 year ago
Talisman of El…where do I start. I wanted to like it, I really did. The concept is interesting, the characters seemed like they were going to be as well. But as the story went on, I found myself liking it less and less. I loved finding out more about Arcadia and the people of that world. A world within/underneath our own, a battle between good and evil, a male protagonist (which is starting to become rare in this female dominated genre)…what more could you want in a story, right? Well a lot actually. There were two things that influenced my low rating: character development, and the time jumps. I don’t feel like there was any character development throughout the books, and part of that has to do with the time jumping. There were multiple places where the plot jumped days or weeks into the future with no warning. One minute Charlie’s in The Land of Dreams and the next scene opens up on him being back in the human world, eight weeks into the future. There’s no explanation on what happened in the eight weeks or how he got to the place he was at…at least not for three to four pages later. You can really see the time jumps in certain dialog exchanges Ex: ‘Going somewhere, Dolittle?’ Ash asked. Charlie scowled. ‘Stop calling me that. I told you, I don’t talk to animals.’ Well Charlie might have told Ash before but we’re never informed of that. In fact this exchange was the first time we hear Ash call Charlie Dolittle. This exchange is small but it leaves you wondering if you missed a part in the book. The story jumps around so much that it’s not easy to keep track of what’s going on. And it honestly got annoying trying to decipher where they are or what’s happening. As for character development, like I said, I think it suffered from the time jumps. We don’t get to see anyone’s growth because of it. Beside Charlie finding out what’s going on with him and starting to kind of rise to his destiny, there’s not much growth for anyone else. Alex stayed the same jealous girl, Charlie was clueless on why she was mad at him, Richmond was a sidekick, and Derkein kept trying to play protector to everyone. Nothing really changed as the book progressed. The character development was even worse for the Arcadians. In fact, I think when they got to Arcadia, there were too many characters introduced. I couldn’t keep track of who was who, what their rank was, or what element they had control over. Again, this is a problem of the time jumps. The characters are introduced and they might have a few lines but we don’t get to know them. Then all of a sudden there’s a battle and all these characters come out and suddenly they’re supposed to be important. It got to the point where I stopped trying to figure out who these people were. I don't know yet if I'll pick the next book up but either way, I'm hoping that the next two books in the trilogy work out these issues because the concept is great. It's a good start. **This books was provided to me by Centrinian Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
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druidgirl More than 1 year ago
Charlie and his friend Alex,Richmond and Derkein delve into a world of demons, creatures,some danger,mystery and angels. I think Ms. Stone has created a storyline that is familiar but also has a life of its own. The characters are well developed and completely likable. There are a few areas where you get more info than you handle about the mystical races. I would recommend this book to all ages. Thanks to Net Galley and Centrinian Publishing.
R_Rearden More than 1 year ago
Free ARC provided by NetGalley I cut my reading teeth on fantasy novels. Nothing cured my school angst better than escaping to different worlds filled with interesting characters and never before seen creatures. So when I read the synopsis for Talisman of El, I couldn’t wait to find some reading time and jump right in. The idea of an orphaned young boy having trouble fitting into his new life—family, school, friends—is not new, but Ms. Stone found a way to create a story with her own twist. Charlie is a young boy suffering from nightmares. He gets through the day by rationalizing his dreams. But when Charlie meets a man from his dreams in real life, he discovers nothing is as it seems. A different world exists, and he has a vital connection to it. As Charlie journeys through this new land called Arcadia, searching for a way to save his new friend Derekin, he encounters allies and foes at every turn. Mythical creatures, people with the ability to shape shift, even demons and angels populate Arcadia. Talisman of El is the first step in Charlie’s coming of age story. He must decide who his true friends are and how much he is willing to sacrifice for them. Ms Stone has created a vivid fantasy world in Talisman of El. The creatures, the land they inhabit, and even the “other” beings are clear and detailed. I pictured every nuance described. Unfortunately, the fantasy elements were the best part of the story. I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can’t. The characters are written younger than described. I felt I was reading a middle school book, not a young adult novel. The characters were not as dimensional as other aspects created by the author. The plot was also a little difficult to follow. I had to reread several passages to ensure I had not missed a transition. I’m sure the world and its inhabitants are clear in the author’s mind. Regrettably, the story on the page does not reflect the same precision. Will I read the rest of the series? No. But I do recommend the book to younger kids and tweens who enjoy fantasy. My issues with the book may not matter to them at all.